People were highly praising a young Wali who was said to have attained extremely lofty heights of spirituality. He was a man of Wajd (state of spiritual ecstasy). Hadhrat Ibraahim Bin Adham (rahmatullah alayh) went to visit this young Wali. At the request of the young Wali, Hadhrat Ibraahim was his guest for three days.
Hadhrat Ibraahim closely observed the Wali, and he was impressed with his Ibaadat and rigorous austerity (zuhd). The great Auliya of Allah Ta’ala enjoy a lofty state of spiritual insight and wisdom called Firaasat about which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Beware of the firaasat of the Mu’min, for verily, he looks with the Noor of Allah.” On closer examination, Hadhrat Ibraahim (rahmatullah alayh) discovered that the food which the young man was consuming was not halaal. When he had established this fact, he exclaimed: ‘Allahu Akbar! This, (i.e. the wajd/spiritual state) is the machination of Shaitaan.”
Before taking leave, he requested the young man to be his guest for three days. Hadhrat Ibraahim brought the young man home. After eating the very first meal, there was a drastic transformation in the condition of the young Wali. All his former spiritual fervour and vigour dissipated. He had no
inclination and stamina for ibaadat nor could he experience states of ecstasy. The young Wali was highly agitated. He said:
“What have you done to me?” Hadhrat Ibraahim said: “Your food was not halaal. Shaitaan would enter your body with the (haraam) food. He entered and exited from your body as he desired. Now after you have eaten halaal food, Shaitaan has failed to demonstrate his influence. Your true condition has now become apparent. The basis of spiritual progress is halaal food.”
AWAKE: RAMADHAAN / SEPTEMBER 1429 / 2008